The GeForce GTX 970 is the smaller brother to NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 980, of which both are based on the Maxwell architecture using the GM204 graphics processor. The GTX 970, much like its predecessors, the GTX 770 and GTX 670, is destined to be an underrated card decking out lower shelves under the GTX 980's shadow. Steam Hardware survey trends would also agree with our guess that this card will end up selling more between the two in volume, probably even fetching NVIDIA more revenue.
The GeForce GTX 970 is carved out of the 28 nm GM204 silicon on which the GTX 980 is based, by disabling three of sixteen streaming multiprocessors with, each, 128 CUDA cores. The resulting shader count is 1,664. Texture memory units are, proportionately, down to 104, as are clock speeds, although they stay well above the 1 GHz mark. The ROP count stays at a whopping 64, with a 256-bit memory bus width and a standard memory total of 4 GB.
Today, we're reviewing the Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream, a non-reference design, factory-overclocked GTX 970 graphics card with a custom-designed PCB. Palit's dual-fan cooler will stop both fans while the card is idle and running light gaming tasks. According to Palit, the card will retail for $345.
|Palit GTX |
GTX 780 Ti
|Shader Units||1536||2304||2560||1664||1664||2816||2x 2048||2688||2880||2048|
|Graphics Processor||GK104||GK110||Hawaii||GM204||GM204||Hawaii||2x Tahiti||GK110||GK110||GM204|
|Memory Size||2048 MB||3072 MB||4096 MB||4096 MB||4096 MB||4096 MB||2x 3072 MB||6144 MB||3072 MB||4096 MB|
|Memory Bus Width||256 bit||384 bit||512 bit||256 bit||256 bit||512 bit||2x 384 bit||384 bit||384 bit||256 bit|
|Core Clock||1006 MHz+||863 MHz+||947 MHz||1051 MHz+||1152 MHz+||1000 MHz||1000 MHz||837 MHz+||876 MHz+||1126 MHz+|
|Memory Clock||1502 MHz||1502 MHz||1250 MHz||1750 MHz||1750 MHz||1250 MHz||1500 MHz||1502 MHz||1750 MHz||1750 MHz|